Kundeshwari helped make Molotov cocktail in 1971, says PW
Reported by: UNB Connect
Reported on: Jun 25, 2012 07:17 pm
Reported in: National
Dhaka, June 25 (UNB) – During the non-cooperation movement against the Pakistan junta in March 1971, the authorities of Kundeshwari Oushadhalaya had provided its bottles to Chittagong University teachers for making Molotov cocktail, recalled a prosecution witness.During the cross-examination by the defence counsel at the International Crimes Tribunal on Monday, prosecution witness No. 5 Praphulla R Singh, son of slain Nutan Chandra Singh, the founder of Kundeshwari Oushadhalaya, told the tribunal that his father had offered the Chittagong University teachers along with their families to leave the campus and take refuge at Kundeshwari Oushadhalaya considering the troubled time.The PW 5 admitted that Farhat Quader Chowdhury, wife of war crimes accused detained BNP MP Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, was present in the dock, had filed a libel suit against him and Mahfuzur Rahman, chairman of a private television ATN Bangla with the court of the 4th Joint District Judge, Dhaka last year claiming Tk 500 crore and Tk 5 crore respectively. “I’ve engaged my lawyer to face the libel suit and I didn’t submit the written statement as asked by the court time and again,” he said. Praphulla said he was not aware of the fact that who was made Tadbirkar (one who makes efforts) in connection with my father’s murder case filed by my brother. “Possibly, in 1973, the charge sheet was submitted to the court, but I don’t know the fate of the case.” Praphulla, the star prosecution witness according to defence counsel Ahsanul Huq Hena, further said he did not know under whose leadership the Pakistan occupation army had perpetrated the operation at Kundeshwari Oushadhalaya. On April 13 in 1971, Pakistan occupation army along with Salauddin Quader Chowdhury jointly gunned Nutan Chandra Singh down after dragging him out from the Kundeshwari mandir (warship place), according to the testimony of Praphulla.The cross-examination remained inconclusive.
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